top of page

160 x 270 cm, oil and different materials on canvas, 2024

lara bandilla

Based on personal experiences, I explore existential human conditions in a world that is characterized by both cruelty and beauty.

All my paintings are threaded with the pursuit of a higher, often metaphysical significance.


190 x 160 cm, oil and different materials on canvas, 2023

140 x 390 cm, oil and different materials on canvas, 2023


100 x 80 cm, oil and different materials on canvas, 2021


150 x 160 cm, oil and different materials on canvas, 2023

It is said that you should love people.
It's also easy to love people close to you. Or people you admire. Or even the idea of humanity itself. But if you're on the subway in Berlin during rush hour, for example, then it's difficult to love, isn't it?

This triptych depicts striving and decay on the path of life and invites the viewer, through its title, to question their relationship with others.


150 x 480 cm, triptych, oil and different materials on canvas, 2022


150 x 160 cm, oil and different materials on canvas, 2023

...strong impressions by Lara Bandilla...between magical realism and deliberate abstraction...especially emotional and incisive are the works in which she narrates of her own family history....

                                                                 Elisa Krooß, Westdeutsche Zeitung

„Hamburg-born, Berlin-based Lara Bandilla has spent most of her life in a handful of German cities. But the paintings in “Of Time and Light,” her Hillyer Art Space show, don’t feel rooted in place. Bandilla depicts a world in flux, whether jungle is collapsing into town (“Breathe”) or two metropolises are fusing into one (“Shanghai Cologne”). The dreamlike pictures include areas of near-photographic realism, but also sections where the image seems to melt — more in the manner of Gerhard Richter’s photo-derived blurs than Salvador Dali’s drippy surrealism. Bandilla’s palette is heavy on blue, with occasional red counterpoints. But the transitions often involve hot white, which both illuminates and obscures, like sunlight so bright that it temporarily blinds. Time is harder to depict, but the artist conjures a sense of movement, both with impressionistic style and in the choice of locales. The paintings often show streets and other passageways, notably a swoop of earth that follows a rail line. The eye is drawn in several directions, including toward the frayed seam between memory and actuality.“

                                                                     Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

...different levels overlap in the light-flooded street scenes from more recent times, motifs from Cologne and Shanghai flow seamlessly into one the same time the scenarios are partially outshone by a glistening bright light, which gives them a surreal touch. The impression of light and movement is characteristic of the series, in which the painter confronts the viewer with a "different reality"... the white light makes the streets and squares appear otherworldly...the fusion of disparate motifs, the plunging lines, the deliberate blurring and the dramatic contrasts of light and dark make it difficult to pinpoint the location..."I want to capture the moment of timelessness," explains the painter, whose pictures are reminiscent of film sequences...

Hannah Styrie, Kölner Rundschau

Lara Bandilla, larabandilla, lara bandilla, LaraBandilla, photo of artist Lara Bandilla


speech to the DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO THE UNITED STATES, on the occasion of the exhibition OF TIME AND LIGHT, International Arts and Artists, Washington DC, USA

Public collection

Kleist Museum, Frankfurt an der Oder, Deutschland

Public clients

Stadt Regensburg Museumsnacht


Leonardo, Kunstmuseum Walter


IMPRINTS, solo exhibition, Galerie Philoart, Wuppertal, September 2023/ SPUREN DES MENSCHEN, group exhibition,Taith Contemporary, Vienna, 2023/ SHOW No.4, solo exhibition, WomenPaintersRoom, Berlin, 2022/ AESTHETICS OF A DISENCHANTED WORLD, group exhibition, Goerz Höfe, Berlin, 2022, curated by Lara Bandilla, participating artists: Marc Bodie, Monique Schumacher, Angharad Taris, Carys Evans, Wolfgang Sinwel, Julie Davis, David A. Kilvington, Àgnes Zászkaliczky, Shaun Brosnan, Mark Goldsworthy, Kathrin Landa, Ulrike Dornis, Marlies Ziemke, Annette Selle, Mark Thompson, Caroline Corleone, Lothar Düver, Lara Bandilla/ MAKE ART NOT WAR, group exhibition, Galerie Philoart, Wuppertal, 2022/ ORLANDO, group exhibition, Taith Contemporary, Vienna, 2021/ ON VIEW, solo exhibition, Galerie Philoart, Wuppertal, 2021/ DAS FREMDE IN UNS, group exhibition, Galerie Philoart, Wuppertal, 2020/ DER AUGENBLICK, solo exhibition, Taith Contemporary, Vienna, 2019/ EDEN, solo exhibition, Galerie Philoart, Wuppertal, 201/ ON THE ROAD, solo exhibition, Galerie Steiner, Berlin, 2017/ OF TIME AND LIGHT, solo exhibition, IA&A Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, USA, 2013/ ARCHAICS, solo exhibition, Kunstverein Hattingen, 2012/ STUDIO EXHIBITION, solo exhibition, Studio Schaperstrasse, Berlin, 2011/ ZEIT LICHT, solo exhibition, Christuskirche, Cologne, 2011/ LICHT SCHWEBE RAUM, group exhibition, Ballhaus im Nordpark, Düsseldorf, 2011/ TRACING PENTHESILEA, solo exhibition, Galerie Golkar, Bonn, 2010/ AFFORDABLE ART FAIR AMSTERDAM/ SHANGHAI ART FAIR/ GOOD AMERICA - BAD AMERICA, Museum Walter, Augsburg/ KUNSTVEREIN NEUEHRENFELD KÖLN/ WELCOME TO PARADISE, Megahertz Records/ PHANTASTISCHE KREATUREN, solo exhibition, Württembergisches Palais, Regensburg/ WASSER, group exhibition, Museumsnacht Regensburg/ SALON, group exhibition, Salon DÓrpheé, Regensburg/ THE TIME OF THE DOGS, solo exhibition, Kulturspeicher, Regensburg/ PENTHESILEA - THE UNGUIDED WILL, solo exhibition, Kleist Museum, Frankfurt an der Oder/ SOGNANDO DIO, solo exhibition, Centro Pellegrini, Rome


150 x 160 cm, oil and different materials on canvas, 2022

bottom of page